Some books elicit a strong reaction from the reader. Some books make you want to keep them under your pillow while you sleep so that you will have sweet dreams of Narnian landscapes. Others can provoke you to such anger, disappointment, confusion, or sadness that will make you want to throw a book across a room. Here are the top 7 books I have thrown across a room (or wanted to)….
Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.” -Goodreads
This may come as a surprise to those who have already read the book. Sure, it is perfectly loveable… that’s the entire problem. The characters are loveable. The ending is… well… too realistic. I was so overcome with grief at the end that I had physically thrown the book (gently) across the room. Don’t worry, it was a school copy. Afterwards, in embarrassment, I picked up the book and pretended that I didn’t actually get emotional over a book.
Ulysses is ‘An endlessly open book of utopian epiphanies. It holds a mirror up to the colonial capital that was Dublin on 16 June 1904, but it also offers redemptive glimpses of a future world which might be made over in terms of those utopian moments” – Goodreads
Trust me, I wanted to throw this book across the room, but it is too huge. There is something about reading Ulysses that makes you feel as if you’ve left your brain in a fryer. The moment you think you could be making sense of the book is precisely the moment you feel as if you are going mad. After finishing Ulysses, I appreciate the novel in its entirety, but the practice of reading it was torture.
When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her?” – Goodreads
Before the film came out, there was a novelization written in promotion of the movie. I eagerly curled up with the book expecting to enjoy every minute of reading it. Not only was the writing terrible, the book ended abruptly. Basically, once I reached the ending there was a section that said something along the lines of… if you want to know how this story ends, watch the movie, or go to this website after the movie is released. Enjoy. I threw the book across the room. “I paid money for a book missing the last 20 pages! What!” Anyway, I was not a happy camper.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.” – Goodreads
The ending was just too much for me to handle. I didn’t throw the book across the room, but I had to get it out of my sight for a few hours. The ending was a lot for me to process. Although the ending was basically inevitable, I was shocked by how emotional I became at the end.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.” – Goodreads
Similar to They Both Die at the End, I was overcome with sadness and needed some time away from the book. This time, instead of throwing the book, I left the room without the book and spent time with a box of tissues. I am not always so emotional over a book, but every time I think about the ending, I get teared up.
Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.
At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!
But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth…” -Goodreads
When I finished the book, I thought “hmmm, now I know exactly why it was on sale for $2” The entire book reads like a low budget horror movie. It is not even enjoyable with its pathetic storyline. It is not charming in a strange way. It’s just a bad book, maybe even one of the worst books I had ever bothered to finish reading. Instead of throwing this book across the room, I threw it into my “books to give away pile” without any measure of regret.
The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia… where lies breed fear… where loyalty is tested… where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge – not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia.” -Goodreads
I had read the final book of The Chronicles of Narnia nearly three years after I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Once I reached the end of The Last Battle, I was so shocked. This can’t be the ending. Sure, the ending isn’t entirely devastating (depending on your perspective), but I was left bewildered at C.S. Lewis’ decision to end the series the way he did. I did read later on that he deliberately constructed the books with biblical imagery, so the entire book is based off of Revelations, but still.
Are there any books out there that have elicited a such a strong response in you? Have you thrown any books across a room? Let me know in the comment section below.
Until Next Time,